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Worth the read!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2017
I bought both the hardcover and the audio book. I wasn't given anything by the publisher or anyone else to write this review nor a discount of any kind. I hate those reviews because I always felt it skewed the ratings. This Is an unbiased review from a customer (myself) who has no obligation, affiliation or connection with the story other than having purchased the book.
I saw a commercial for Homicide Hunter and determined that I wasn't interested in watching. Yet one day, Investigation Discovery was on the T.V. and I was preoccupied doing something else while Homicide Hunter was ongoing in the background since I hadn't yet changed the channel. I found that I had rushed to judgment and found myself glued to the story. As I listened to Lt. Kenda, I felt as though I was listening to stories from an intelligent man who reminded me of a grandfather figure. He can seem a bit dry or cold at first but has a good sense of humor, and is very wise, not to mention passionate about his former work as a policeman. I became an instant fan.
The audio book is read by Lt. Kenda and has the same feeling of the show. If you watch the show, Lt. doesn't use a script, so for the first chapter, it sounded unusually rehearsed. However, as he proceeded to speak about his life, it became more relaxed. I found myself listening intently to everything he had to say. I couldn't put it down.
I had listened to the entire book the day of its release. I had initially anticipated it being more of a detailed analysis of all of his cases. While he touches on many cases, he doesn't detail all 387. I was left wanting more, although there is no shortage of details regarding what is addressed. Hopefully, this opens the door to a second book. Of course, he spoke of his family and experiences and that enriched the story. It is a memoir, after all.
There is some profanity as well as gruesome details regarding the murders or abuse of children and other assaults. It is not for the faint of heart. He also covers topics like crime scene investigation, interrogation techniques, and his haunting nightmares, among other things that you'll have to give it a listen/read to find out.
As usual, the Lt. tells it how it is and doesn't shy away from anything. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and my largest complaint is that there are no book signings in my area but that's neither here nor there. I'm very pleased with this purchase and you will be too!
Worth the read/listen for anyone fascinated by true crime.